Impressions - Amiibo Tap

Available on Wii U

The Positives
I don't know about you but I do so love games that are Free.99. Amiibo Tap is one such title available on the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U. The game lets you play certain virtual console games, well certain scenes from those games at least, for 180 seconds at a time. You use the various amiibo you have to unlock a certain title. The titles are chosen at random and can only be accessed by the amiibo that unlocked said title. There are a lot of titles to unlock but I am pretty sure that if you have amiibo you have more than one. Any amiibo works to unlock a title so in that way you don't have to worry about that being an issue. All of the games from what I can tell are from the NES and SNES era, so expect some 8bit and 16bit love. Personally, I think its a pretty decent lineup from the old school and should help people figure out what they may want to pick up after trying out whichever scene you play from the game that is unlocked.

The Negatives
One of the main issues I have with this game is the 180 second time limit. For example, I unlocked The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past the first scene I have access to is the first part of the game. Needless to say by the time I got my sword time was winding down. Also the scene selection isn't uniform across the games. There are some games that allow for 9 scenes to be played, some 5, some 4, you get the picture. Personally, I think it should have been uniform across the titles. The last thing that I have a slight issue with is that its only games from the NES and SNES generations of gaming. It would have been nice to see some new games or games from say the Wii generation and N64 generation as well.

Final Thoughts
Personally, I like the experiment but I do think that Nintendo can expand on the idea. First I would get rid of the 180 second timer deal and make it more of a demo style experience. Where you can play up until a certain point and as long as you have that amiibo there is no certain amount of uses like they normally do with there demoes. I would also like to see Nintendo to add newer games. Which can coincide with making the experience more of demo style approach.  Although I  like the randomness of the selection I think I would only keep that to the Virtual Console experience. If its a game for the console they would have to be unlocked by an amiibo from that series of games. For example, if there is a new Metroid game the demo would have to be unlocked an amiibo from the Metroid games i.e. Samus or Zero Suit Samus. Well people those are my thoughts on this particular game. I don't have a rating for this game as it is a free game and you really only need your amiibo to make it work. What are your thoughts on the game? Do you think Nintendo should expand on the possibilities? What would you like to see them do if they do another Amiibo Tap type game?

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